Coming off perhaps his best season in his 10th season, New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall is already at least thinking about how and when he'll end his career.
And one thing is for certain: He won't overstay his welcome.
Marshall, 32, told N.J.com that he may very well sign another contract when his current one expires after the 2017 season but that he definitely won't sign one contract too many.
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"If they gave me a contract, they can always give me one more," Marshall said. "Nah, I don't like to steal, man."
"Some players, they know they don't got it anymore and their heart is not in it, and they still take the money. That's taking advantage of your team. I get that it's a business and get everything you want, but you've still got to hold yourself accountable and be accountable to your teammates. When I no longer have it, I'll walk away."
Marshall seemed to be on a downward slide with the Chicago Bears in 2014, when his 61 catches for 721 yards were by far his worst numbers since his rookie season. But after he was unceremoniously traded with a seventh-round pick for a fifth-round pick, he revived his career in New York with 109 receptions for 1,502 yards and a career-high 14 TDs. Coming off his sixth career Pro Bowl selection on his fourth NFL team, how will Marshall know when to walk away?
"I don't know," he said. "I just know that I still love it. It is tough when you've never been to the playoffs, and you've just got to have mental toughness to continue to pick yourself up and fight. The hard part, when you get older, it's all mental. It's not about: Can you still do it?
"It takes longer to warm up. You have to go through an extensive process to recover. And it's the guys that commit to that process, are the ones that are able to go from playing at a high level at 30, into their mid-30s, and even in their late 30s. So that's what I'm understanding now.
"But God has blessed me to be 6-5, 230 pounds, so even when I can't run anymore, I can be a red-zone threat. I know that's worth something. Touchdowns are worth a lot of money. So maybe that's my plan when I hit my mid-30s, is to come in in the red zone."